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Insurance commissioner: Bogus online statistics about cost of car insurance in Louisiana

Throughout my public service career, I’ve always held great respect for the journalists who cover the State Capitol. While we all have heard a lot about “fake news” at the national level, I think the local media outlets typically try hard to accurately report the facts in their coverage of state government.

However, on Nov. 28, this newspaper’s chief political reporter wrote a story with the headline, "Louisiana pays less for taxes and auto insurance, analysts say." In the piece, he cites an online, out-of-state analysis that put our state’s average auto insurance premium at $985. As Louisiana’s sole elected official charged with regulating the insurance industry, I can tell you with absolute certainty that the figure the reporter used has absolutely no basis in reality. Read more...

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